Kew Joseph Bear

Kew Joseph Bear

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Kew Joseph Bear

This adorable teddy bear in his Kew jumper makes a lovely gift and perfect souvenir of your visit to Kew.

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This adorable teddy bear in his Kew jumper makes a lovely gift and perfect souvenir of your visit to Kew.

He is named Joseph, in honour of two men who both helped to shape and develop Kew Gardens: Sir Joseph Banks and Sir Joseph Hooker.

Sir Joseph Banks
Joseph Banks was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1766, aged just 23 and on his first sea voyage. He then paid for his own team of scientists to join HMS Endeavour under Captain James Cook, in 1768. Banks became a close friend of George III and from 1773 acted as unofficial ‘superintendent’ of Kew Gardens. He supported many botanical expeditions including the mutinous HMS Bounty voyage. Banks initiated Kew’s collection programme, and by encouraging commercial and military enterprises of the British Empire to collect plants, ensured a steady supply of specimens from many far flung parts of the world.

Sir Joseph Hooker

A friend of Charles Darwin, Joseph Hooker trained as a doctor in Edinburgh, but his principal interest was in botany. Between 1839 and 1843, he travelled as assistant surgeon and botanist on HMS Erebus, visiting many places including Madeira, the Cape of South Africa and the Antarctic.

Subsequently, he journeyed through northern India and Nepal (1848-51), surveying the flora there and sending back specimens to Kew. Among them were many previously unknown species of rhododendron, some of which can be seen in Kew's Rhododendron Dell.

In 1865, he succeeded his father Sir William Hooker as the Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His contributions to the Gardens included the T-Range glasshouses (since superseded by the Princess of Wales Conservatory), the first Jodrell Laboratory and the Order Beds, where the plants are arranged according to the Bentham-Hooker classification. Sir Joseph Hooker retired from Kew in 1885.

Additional Info

Additional Info

  1. Handwash in warm soapy water
  2. Size: Approx 27cm tall and 18 cm high when sitting.

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